Parents Need to Start Planning Now for Next School Year

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Is your child almost graduated, or are they just getting ready to start kindergarten? Current and future students and their families should begin preparing for the 2020–2021 school year.

Current fifth- through 11th-graders
Students in fifth through 11th grade this school year who want to participate in a specialized program during the upcoming school year should apply for enrollment starting Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Parents and students can learn more about the programs by attending open houses or contacting a program coordinator.

Full-day magnet programs and half-day programs of choice empower students to explore their interests and gain knowledge and skills needed for their future careers. Options include:

Careers in Education (grades 10-12)
Vancouver Flex Academy (grades 9-12)
Welding/Fabrication Technology (grades 10-12)
Culinary Arts (grades 10-12)
International Baccalaureate (grades 9-12)
Medical Arts (grades 9-12)
Vancouver iTech Preparatory (grades 6-12)
Fort Vancouver Center for International Studies (grades 9-12, no application required)
Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services (Bay ACES) (grades 9-12)
Science, Math and Technology Magnet (Skyview SMTM) (grades 9-12)
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (grades 6-12)

Students currently in fifth through 11th grades should apply for all programs that match their interests. Applications should be submitted online. Visit the Vancouver School District’s website for program descriptions, open house dates and application deadlines.

Parents with incoming kindergartners may register children for kindergarten starting Monday, January 13, 2020. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020, is eligible to enter kindergarten in fall 2020. Full-day kindergarten is offered districtwide in Vancouver Public Schools.

Information about the registration process is available on the district’s website.

School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration can take up to one hour. Some of the forms can be downloaded in advance.

After registration, the child and their family will be invited to visit their elementary school and meet teachers.

Parents who register their children for kindergarten also will have a chance to sign up their child for Kindergarten Jump Start, a program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students will meet their peers; learn routines; become familiar with school surroundings; and participate in math, literacy and hands-on learning activities.

In addition, the Spanish/English Dual Language Program will expand to Martin Luther King Jr. and Roosevelt elementary schools beginning with kindergartners in fall 2020. The goals of dual language education are to promote bilingualism and biliteracy, to attain high academic achievement in two languages and to develop global competence. Students learn to speak, read and write in both English and Spanish by fifth grade. Dual language education prioritizes English learners, focuses on closing opportunity gaps and offers students an opportunity to become proficient in two languages.

King and Roosevelt will host informational nights in January.

The program also will continue to operate at Harney and Anderson elementary schools, McLoughlin and Gaiser middle schools and the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.

Information on the application process will be available at a later date.

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